healthcare building

Imagine Tadashi Hamada being always worried about you, when you two work on a project together. It happens quite often that you are too focused on your work to care when you get injured. That’s when Tadashi has the idea of building a healthcare companion. If he is busy with something else, the bot can take care of you.


The portfolio shows final resolution of project outcome in response to the 3 tipping point. (Wind, Pollution and Healthcare architecture). With further help from thesis research, I am able to devise a feasible architecture design using physic theories, stack ventilation, buoyant force and cross ventilation.

The Pressure Garden consists of 3 different Elements, The Tower, Road Strips and Follies, with an addition design of a turbulent wharf.


The Pollutant Tower serves as a beacon of the quality of air pollution. It sucks in air from the higher point and the air is filtered inside the tower. Thin slice of blade is covered around the Tower. The blade serves as design tools to design the building. By the selection of its context and environment, the tower utilises the environment to sculpts and shape the building. During high velocity wind, air turbulence around the tower will allowed the thin blade to sculpts around it. As time pass, the tower is sculpts different shape. Filtered polutants deposited in the tower is reuse in the form of concrete to rebuild the cutaway building, thus changing the shape of the tower.  The “Pollutant Tower” symbolise the level pollutions in the air, by turning pollution into something tangible that is able to see and touch, creating awarnes to the populace.


Piezzo pressure plates is installed on the road strips to collect air pressure when is drive pass by a car. Air pumped is distributed into the folly for air ventilation.


Wind turbulence can be used to clean interior medical space instead of using mechanical ventilation, but due to wind not available in all times, a new typology of healthcare building has been introduced. Instead of design a whole healthcare building, I have introduced the healthcare in the form a folly. These follies are placed strategically around the Pressure Garden, facing prominent wind force (south west). The follies will served as an air purifier that cleans the surrounding air at the same time a convenient medical hub for the community. In conjunction with my design Thesis report, I have a came up with the feasibility design to turn all building enclosure, walls, ceiling and floors into “vessels” that carries air into each designated medical space during the event of low velocity wind. Each interior of the room is design to maximise turbulence effect to clean each medical room. The design sculpture in the room is derived from using flow design to understand how the flow respective negative pressurise and positive pressurise room. The hierarchy of spaces is place base from the dirtiest room located at the lower level of the folly to the highest level which is the cleanest room.


The project focuses on time base drawings, which shows before, during and after high wind situation. Each drawings show 3 different medical spaces in the folly, and a relationship between the interior and exterior spaces in the Pressure Garden.


General Practitioners Room (GP Room),is the primary place where ambulatory care is given. This room is the dirtiest room because it is widely visited by sick patient is the most contaminated room with airborne pollution, therefore the GP room is located at the lower level.

GP Room - Before

GP Room -During

GP Room - After 


The Operating Theater is a clean room and is positive pressurise. Positive pressurise room is when intake air is more than return air. At a higher level more wind is able to enter the room.

OP Room - Before

OP Room - During

OP Room - After


Isolation Room utilizes negative pressure to prevent any airborne infection in the room from escaping. Negative pressure occurs when return air is more than supply air. At the highest level, stack effect helps air in the room to rise and remove out from the room.

IR Room - Before

IR Room - During

IR Room - After



GIF images showing pollution collected on the garden strip, and over time more dust is collected which eventually covered the whole garden. Iron fillings is used in the stop images and magnetic strips is placed on the garden.

Reinventing a new Healthcare Building

00_Project Overview

01_GP Practices Room_Before

02_GP Practices Room_During

03_GP Practices Room_After

04_Operating Room_Before

05_Operating Room_During

06_Operating Room_After

07_Isolation/ Medical Room_Before

08_Isolation/ Medical Room_During

09_Isolation/ Medical Room_After


W.W. Orr Doctors Building, Atlanta, Georgia
Photos by Wendy Darling

After voting this morning, I head across the street to catch a bus to work and as I was passing by this beauty, took some snaps. This old office building had fallen into disrepair before Emory Healthcare which has a hospital next door, took it over and completely renovated it. I imagine this was in the late 1990s or early 2000s. Years ago I went their for doctor appointments but I believe it’s most administrative offices now. It has a lovely facade featuring the caduceus, a symbol of medicine, plus lamps, metalwork, and a nice lobby. Now if only Emory would snap up the Medical Arts Building, a similar old building across the Downtown Connector which desperately needs to be saved.


P.S. These pics were posted to this blog’s new Instagram account (@artdecoarch), which if you haven’t seen, is here.